It goes without saying that it is always best to have your strongest team going into the big games and with these games coming thick and fast his return is most welcome.
His importance could be seen in the Champions League quarter final ties against Chelsea where he helped mute their potent attack and now with a big game against Chelsea in the league and a potential tie against Barcelona in the Champions League final, Rio’s insistence that he is back to his best will be music not only to the ears of fans but also Sir Alex Ferguson.
Speaking to United Review the defender said,
“People keep going on about how many games I have missed and compared to the usual amount I play you could say it has been a bit of a sporadic season for me.
“But I have been pleased with my performances and I feel back to my best now.
“My back is fine and hopefully I can put the niggling calf problems I have had this season behind me.
“I feel good and to be involved in the big games at this stage of the season, fighting for trophies, is what you want as a footballer.
“We just need to make sure we get the job done.”